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At a Glance


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About BakerHostetler

BakerHostetler is home to over 1,000 lawyers across 17 offices throughout the U.S. The firm maintains the requisite laundry list of BigCorp clients, as well as a small yet respectable lobbying practice. 

A Little Investment

BakerHostetler was founded in 1916 on the strength of a $1,500 investment by three lawyers in Cleveland. The firm has long been active in the political world, with namesake Newton Baker serving as a Secretary of War during World War I. A few years later, BakerHostetler attorneys represented private utility companies in their nearly 20-year fight against New Deal legislation that authorized the creation of massive public power projects. BakerHostetler lawyers later went on to advise a number of key players in the Watergate and Iran-Contra scandals. Today, the firm has grown beyond its roots, with 14 offices outside of Ohio and lawyers coast to coast.

From Asset Recovery to Data

With specialties in business, digital assets and data management, labor and employment law, intellectual property, litigation, and tax, BakerHostetler works across 16 practice areas in a dozen industries and also focuses on emerging issues like blockchain, Internet of Things, new markets tax credit, and more. The firm’s client roster includes AT&T, Amazon, Cardinal Health, The E.W. Scripps Company, Major League Baseball, Marriott Hotels, Toyota Motor Company, Microsoft, Caterpillar, and PhRMA.

BakerHostetler is a go-to firm for bankruptcy matters, having gained international recognition for its role as the court-appointed counsel to the Trustee in the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) liquidation stemming from Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. With over 1,000 lawsuits filed and litigation in more than a dozen countries around the world, the firm has recovered more than $14.469 billion for the victims to date, and these unprecedented recovery efforts continue. 

The firm also has a strong Privacy and Data Protection practice. Ranked by Vault as a Best Law Firm for Privacy & Data Security, the firm’s Digital Assets & Data Management team has handled the responses to many of the largest data security incidents over the past decade and the novel litigation and regulatory work that follows.

A.I. Sidekick

The firm has a homegrown innovation team created to develop solutions to help clients navigate the intersection of technology and the law. In 2016, BakerHostetler became the first BigLaw firm to adopt ROSS—an “A.I. lawyer that helps lawyers research faster and focus on clients”—specifically for its bankruptcy practice. The tool allows attorneys to pose questions to its AI function, which will return documents, case law, and other resources that could be helpful when considering tough legal questions.

News & Awards

  • Representing the SIPA Trustee in recovering funds lost in Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme; an unprecedented $14.566 billion has been recovered to date. Recovery efforts are ongoing.  
  • Represented the Official Committee of Tort Claimants in the bankruptcy of Pacific Gas and Electric Company and PG&E Corporation, the sixth-largest bankruptcy in the U.S., ultimately procuring a $13.5 billion agreement on behalf of California wildfire victims.
  • For 100 years, BakerHostetler has provided transactional, employment, and intellectual property counsel to Major League Baseball.
  • Our Labor and Employment team obtained a defense jury verdict in an Americans with Disabilities Act discrimination action brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
  • Mansfield Rule 3.0 Certified, 2022 and 2023—Diversity Lab
  • Corporate Equality Index, 100% rating—Human Rights Campaign
  • 191 attorneys were selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America, with 10 attorneys named Best Lawyers in their practice areas and 75 attorneys named as Ones to Watch, 2023—U.S. News—Best Lawyers
  • 145 attorneys were ranked and 62 practice areas were recognized nationally, with 14 practice areas receiving Band1 Rankings, 2022—Chambers USA 
  • Ranked #26 in BTI Client Service 30, placing BakerHostetler in the top 5 % of ranked firms, 2023—BTI Consulting Group

Washington Square, Suite 1100
1050 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036-5304
Phone: (202) 861-1500

Firm Stats

Chairman: Paul M. Schmidt
Chief Practice Partner: Lauren J. Resnick
Total No. Attorneys (2023):
1K - 1.5K
No. of Partners Named 2022:
Billable-Hour Requirement:

Base Salary

Base Salary (2023)
1st year: $200,000–215,000
Summer Associate: $200,000–215,000

Employment Contact

Michele Ward
Director of Recruiting
(310) 979-8464
General Recruiting Email:

No. of U.S. Offices: 17

No. of International Offices: 0

Major Office Locations

Atlanta, GA
Chicago, IL
Cincinnati, OH
Cleveland, OH
Columbus, OH
Costa Mesa, CA
Dallas, TX
Denver, CO
Houston, TX
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Orlando, FL
Philadelphia, PA
San Francisco, CA
Seattle, WA
Washington, DC (HQ)
Wilmington, DE

Major Departments

Digital Assets and Data Management
Labor and Employment
Intellectual Property
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.